Starting this afternoon, La Honda residents will now have a selection of farm-fresh produce to choose from every Tuesday through November, when South Coast organization Puente will open the first-ever farmer's market outside its new office in the unincorporated San Mateo County town.
Puente, which serves the residents of Pescadero, San Gregorio, La Honda and Loma Mar, is opening the farmer's market in conjunction with the grand opening of the La Honda office.
Having a physical office located in the community which residents can access more easily to receive services better serves the needs of residents in that area, according to Kerry Lobel, Puente's Director.
In addition to English and Spanish classes, Puente's La Honda office will also provide tutoring services and lend its space to other area programs.
The organization's main office is located in Pescadero.
As with , its sister farmer's market run by Puente every Thursday, the La Honda market accepts CalFresh (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infant and Children) vouchers.
The organization has partnered with donors to create a Friends of Pescadero Grown! token matching program as a way to increase the access of low income residents in the remote South Coast communities to fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides complimentary tokens which can be redeemed at the market.
"Puente will match a maximum of $10 worth of your purchases each week if you enroll in the program," said Lobel.
Those eligible to enroll are CalFresh and WIC voucher recipients, as well as those whose income is below the 133% federal poverty level. Participants must be residents of La Honda, Loma Mar, Pescadero, or San Gregorio.
The La Honda Farmer's Market will feature the following local producers:
Del Sur Farm
Echo Valley Farm
Farm House Frosting and Buttercup Cakes
Kidding Around with Chocolate
The La Honda Farmer's Market is open from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and is located at 8875 La Honda Road in La Honda. For more information about the token matching program, click here. To enroll in the program, contact Lorena Vargas at 650.879.1691.